Following in Prince Llewellyn’s Footsteps

Llewellyn the Great ruled Wales for 40 years in the 13th century; holding off multiple challengers to his throne, including King John of England. Llewellyn was the last true Prince of Wales, before the title was taken over by the sons of English monarchs.

Join us on an adventure exploring places Prince Llewellyn, the last prince of Wales, fought, explored, and lived

We’ll start by meeting in Manchester, England or Dublin, Ireland, and getting to north Wales via car, train, or ferry (depending on your adventure level). Then head to many of the sites of Llewelyn’s life:

Tomen Castell (Tomen Castle), Castell Dolwyddelan (we can see Tomen, where Llewelyn was probably born, from Dolwyddelan), Caernarfon Castell, Swallow Falls, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, as well as tour some of the castles built by Edward I, such as Biwmares (Beaumaris) Castle on Ynys Mon (Anglesey)…the list goes on.  This trip is ultimately customizable to your time and fitness level.  

We will go to Llanrwst, where Llewelyn’s sarcophagus is, as well as Beddgelert, setting for a story about Llewelyn and his hunting hound.  We can walk in the same areas that the last prince of Wales walked, rode, and led his country.  Accommodations include CrossFoxes in Dolgellau, Anglesey Arms in Porthaethwy/Menai Bridge, as well as beginning and ending accommodations closer to destination airport.

Sample (Manchester Airport, England):

Land in the morning at Manchester, and journey to either Caer/Chester, England or Hawarden, Wales for acclimatisation. If Wales, we will stay at Gladstone’s Library, England, one of several accommodations

Hawarden, Wales

Hawarden, Wales

our team has tested. 

Day 2, journey to Deganwy Castle, as well as see Conwy Castle and Aberconwy Abbey, staying at the lovely Castle Hotel.

Day 3, journey to Dolwyddelan Castle, Beddgelert, Nant Gwynant, and stay the evening at CrossFoxes in Dolgellau

Day 4:  head south to Castell y Bere and Cymer Abbey, swinging back up into the middle of Snowdonia National Park to see Cricieth Castle, staying the night along the way

Day5:  head further north seeing Dolbadarn Castle, and heading on to Ynys Mon (Anglesey).  There we’ll see Llys Rhosyr, a princely court, before finishing at Biwmaris Castle

Day 6:  We’ll tour Anglesey with local friends, relax and enjoy Menai Bridge

Menai Bridge, North Wales

Menai Bridge, North Wales

Day 7:  return to Manchester, staying the night before heading out early on Day 8

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